Electronic Arts and DICE began sharing details for the Outer Rim DLC coming to Star Wars: Battlefront this month across a handful of Twitch streams Thursday. The first paid DLC pack for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC shooter will take players to Jabba the Hutt’s palace in two of the four new maps while also adding a new game more plus a pair of new playable Heroes and more.
DICE focused on close-quarters combat with the new maps located in and around Jabba’s palace on Tatooine and the factories of Sullust. The two new Tatooine maps include the entire interior of Jabba’s home, including the garage with the sail barge from Return of the Jedi and the Rancor Pit. The Rancor isn’t alive, though, as this takes place after the events of the final film in the original trilogy.
The palace maps feature lots of long hallways combined with verticality. Players can also venture outside the palace to find flanking routes.
Meanwhile, the Sullust map takes place at the Sorusuub Facility. This is a manufacturing site with lots of vehicles scattered around. It is a close-quarters map as well and is designed around vertical gameplay opportunities. The skybox takes the opposite view of the existing Sullust maps and places players right next to the massive volcano on the planet.
The new Extraction mode is a 15 vs. 15 gametype that tasks the Rebels with escorting a cargo cart through checkpoints while the Imperials attempt to stop it, similar to the Pay Load gametype in other titles. Heroes will spawn as the shipment progresses from one checkpoint to the next. Only a Rebel hero will spawn at the first checkpoint, a hero for both sides will spawn at the second, and only the Imperial hero will spawn at the third and final checkpoint. The Hero pickup for each checkpoint is set by the map and will not respawn if killed. However, both sides can have up to two heroes playing at the same time.
The Heroes Vs. Villains mode is receiving some significant changes with the new Star Wars: Battlefront DLC as well. It is now an 8 vs. 8 mode with the ability to choose which Hero or Villain you want to play at the beginning of a round to spice things up. Each round will also be limited to only two honor guards, and they will not respawn during the round when they die.
Greedo and Nien Nunb also come with the DLC and have their own special roles to fill in the game via some unique mechanics.
Nien Nunb can lock down part of a map with a turret he can place down that increases in power as kills are scored. Just be aware the turret’s power resets if it is destroyed or picked up. Additionally, he can drop up to four proximity mines in smaller game modes while he gains an orbital strike in larger game modes. He also features the character’s laugh straight out of Return of the Jedi.
The infamous Star Wars villain who was shot first by Han Solo shares the same concept of increasing power based on actions in the game. In this case, it involves Greedo’s grenades. More powerful grenades up to the Thermal Imploder become available as the character strings together kills. DICE calls this a “Confidence Level,” and it is displayed above the health bar. Dropping out of combat will reduce their power, though. The green bounty hunter also can sprint almost as fast as Luke Skywalker.
A pair of weapons is also on the way. The DL-18 is the blaster pistol stole from Jabba’s Palace guards in Return of the Jedi. It’s joined by the Relby V-10 micro-grenade launcher/blaster rifle hybrid most notably wielded by the bounty hunter Bossk. The scatter gun will penetrate personal shields and squad shields.
The new weapons are tied to the previously teased Hutt Contracts. This is similar to the daily objectives that task players with completing certain goals. Completing the Hutt Contracts will become available when player’s hit level 12 and unlocks all of the new Star Cards and weapons in Star Wars: Battlefront DLC.
Other gameplay changes are coming to Star Wars: Battlefront that will be available across the game without the need to purchase the Outer Rim DLC. Post-match auto-balancing is being added and will ensure players do no play the same faction on the same map back to back. Darth Vader’s parry time with his lightsaber has been increased from four seconds to eight while Luke Skywalker’s sprint speed has been slowed down.
Interestingly, the decision was made to prevent grenades from going through squad shields and personal shields. An Ion Grenade will still bring a shield down, however, while the Cycler Rifle and Scatter Gun will still penetrate it.
From a team play standpoint, players will be able to mark objectives for others on the team to target. A counter has been added to the objective to show how many other individuals are also targeting the same objective.
The Outer Rim DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront will be released on March 22 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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